Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Absence of cell wall in Mycoplasma

  1. Mar 23, 2016 #1
    I read somewhere that antibiotics can have no effect on Mycoplasma as they do not possess a cell wall.But How ? Antibiotics should be able to get into the bacteria very easily when there is no cell wall,right ?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 23, 2016 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    2017 Award

    There are antibiotics that can target mycoplasma. However, many antibiotics (such as penicillin and its derivatives) work by targeting bacterial proteins involved in cell wall synthesis. These types of antibiotics are ineffective against mycoplasma.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted

Similar Discussions: Absence of cell wall in Mycoplasma
  1. What Is A Protoplast? (Replies: 6)